Oak Library Desk Makeover

I knew when I bought this piece that it needed a little freshening up. Nothing too major, really just a little paint.  When I go antique hunting it is hard to pass up on pieces like these…solid oak, with so much potential.  It really was a great find!

After dragging it home, I must confess it sat in the garage for a few weeks before I found time to work on it.

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1920’s Oak Library Desk

I actually thought about painting it a light blue, but thought a warm creamy white would be more suitable. So, I hand painted it in two coats of  a beautiful white mineral paint, slightly distressed the edges and waxed with a natural wax.

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I loved how this piece turned out and so did my husband! This was one piece that was definitely hard to sell and let go to a new home.

China Cabinet Makeover

With some paint and a few simple changes you can drastically improve a hand-me-down piece of tired furniture.  I knew this vintage 1930’s china cabinet was a diamond in the rough. Years of neglect, dirt & grim covered this cabinet in an old farm house in central Nova Scotia. After a couple of good washing with vinegar & hot soapy water I was ready to paint.

Before Image Vintage China Cabinet

I am one who dreads sanding, so I always paint a small test spot with Country Chic Chalk-Style Paint to see if the paint will adhere to the surface. Luckily no sanding was required with this piece. The interior was painted with a warm white, Country Chic Vanilla Frosting. Exterior of the cabinet was painted with a beautiful, rich, warm yellow Fresh Mustard.

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I like using dark antiquing wax on pieces of furniture that has carved details, recessed panels or lots of trim. Dark wax or glazes will settle into all those recessed groves creating an amazing aged look.